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Plantin - Moretus Museum

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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 03 221 1450
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Description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the...
Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.
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Perfect for typography and printing lovers!

The Plantin-Moretus museum is a delight for typography and printing lovers. From the old presses to the punches and the matrixes, everything feels like going back through time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Puebla, Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The Plantin-Moretus museum is a delight for typography and printing lovers. From the old presses to the punches and the matrixes, everything feels like going back through time. The museum has a variety of antique books printed by Aldus Manutius, Johannes Gutenberg, among many others. The actual building is amazing with its leather wallpaper and original furniture. Everything is beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful museum. The building is remarkable and unique in Antwerp, the collection is stunning. Friendly staff, many languages available for (written) guides.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The art is excellent. The ability to see things like movable type for music, or movable type for Chaldean, is awesome. And the old printing presses are marvellous. Tip: get the audio guide. Without it I would have definitely been quite a bit more lost. With it, I spent a very educational and entertaining 2 hours in the museum.

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North Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Amazingly interesting museum of the history of printing with particular reference to Antwerp's contribution over the centuries. Fascinating collection of printing plates, etchings and type which show the incredible skills in these crafts resident in Antwerp in the past.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Unimposing ticket entrance but wonderful exhibits. Enough in English so can be more widely enjoyed than other sites & sights. A highlight of my stay in Antwerp. Better than Rubens' House.

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Hollingbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The museum in an old building had a good selection of old printing presses and related equipment. For anybody interested in the history of printing and publishing it is a must.

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What an amazing museum. It has UNESCO world heritage status which is not surprising given the unique history displayed within. There are some of the first printing presses, the first atlas and a couple of Gutenberg bibles. I would whole-heartedly recommend that you pay the extra two Euros for the audio guide. This guide went into amazing detail about each... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is not a museum but an original and intact printing company and editor of the 16th till the 18th century. Estonishing collection of old manuscripts and books. Don't miss this place if you visit Antwerp.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

history of Spanish influence in Antwerp, printing and maps from the earliest days and the greatest names of it

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was recommended by the fabulously helpful and enthusiastic adviser at the tourist information office atthe Central Station. The building is beautiful, and has been superbly and thoughtfully maintained, with a lovely courtyard garden. It's the site of the world's first 'industrial' printer, and is filled with antique printing equipment as well as antiquarian books and other printed ephemera. It... More 

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